Over 100 Indian youths – detained by US authorities for allegedly entering the country illegally to seek asylum – are on a hunger strike.
The men, all hailing from Punjab, have been languishing in El Paso Processing Centre in Texas in miserable condition since last year, a non-profit group that has been providing the detainees with legal support told in an email.
North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) said it has urged Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) authorities to immediately release the youths, currently on hunger strike.
In a statement, the group urged ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary Thomas S Winkowski to release the men, said Satnam Singh Chahal, executive director, NAPA.
Chahal said the ICE is legally bound to release detainees as soon as they proved their true identities and reasons for seeking asylum in the US. There is no evidence against any of the detainees held since last year, he said.